One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument which measures the power output of an engine.
- ‘Finally, the engine is connected to a dynamometer, which simulates actual driving conditions by varying the resistance against the spinning engine.’
- ‘First, under the testing conditions described, it is not possible for the dynamometer to measure the locomotive's maximum drawbar pull.’
- ‘According to the company, the engine has done more than 3.7 million miles on a dynamometer and 1.8 million miles in actual vehicle testing.’
- ‘Average flexion strength was 96% of the normal side, as measured with a dynamometer.’
- ‘The basal part of the stem was submitted to a transient controlled bending at constant displacement rate using a motorized dynamometer.’
Early 19th century: from French dynamomètre, from Greek dunamis ‘power’ + French -mètre ‘(instrument) measuring’.
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